This is good--the third week of Mariposa's attempts to revive Fun Monday. Our topic for August 16 is: Colors of Our Lives, stories about our fascination, or lack thereof, with color.
If you look through my home there's very little evidence of how much I love color. This quilted wall hanging is a good example. A few years ago I made this Log Cabin design in a quilting class. The first step in the class was to go through the bolts and bolts of fabric and select the colors and fabric designs for our particular quilt pattern. I naturally headed to these earth and neutral tones while other students laid out bright and bold or soft pastels colors for their quilts.
Throughout the house there's very little color. Walls have been painted Porter's Queen Anne's Lace for many years. I have brown leather sofa and chairs. Bed and window coverings are in the same color family as this wall hanging. My closet is a lineup of mostly black and brown with just a touch of blue or red. Hey, I even prefer my dogs to be black, white and tan!
However, if you dig around here you'll find some evidence of color fascination. I dabble a bit in drawing and painting, especially watercolors. Am endlessly fascinated with color relationship and enjoy creating these color cards so when I do paint I can see the nuances of different color combinations in a painting. In watercolor classes I always got in a bit of trouble with my instructors when they tried to limit me to just cad yellow, burnt umber and sienna, cad red and alizaron crimson, thalo and ultramarine blue. I wanted every color tube at Preston Art Supply.
I'm also quite fond of watercolor pencils and have quite a collection. Each kind works differently on paper. The Derwent Inktense colors are very strong, even more so when brushed with water. The Derwent Graphitints are soft, dusty shades that work well for landscapes. The Rexel Derwents and Stabilo Aquiticos keep their bright clean colors even when overlaid with water and come in a fantastic range of colors with names like celadon green and tuscan red.
This week school begins here and I'm noticing all those ads for back to school supplies. If I were heading back to school I'd for sure need the biggest box of Crayolas and that packet of 48 magic markers because every life needs some color. This week when I'm checking out Fun Monday posts maybe I'll try to figure out favorite colors for each of you beforehand. Let's see, I think for Sayre it's probably blue?
- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.